1. Styleforum Gives - Holiday Charity Auction 10: A full set of Aesop's Fables pocket squares from Vanda Fine Clothing

    We are very proud to present this year's edition of the Styleforum Holiday Charity Auctions, this year in support of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Spokane (www.rmhcspokane.org). Each Auction lasts 24 hours. Please follow and bid on all the auctions.

    The 10th auction of the year is for a full set of Aesop's Fable's pocket squares from Vanda Fine Clothing. Please bid often and generously here

    Fok and the Styleforum Team.

    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice

STYLE. COMMUNITY. GREAT CLOTHING.

Bored of counting likes on social networks? At Styleforum, you’ll find rousing discussions that go beyond strings of emojis.

Click Here to join Styleforum's thousands of style enthusiasts today!

Allen Edmonds Appreciation Thread - reviews, pictures, sizing, etc...

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mild Mannered, Sep 27, 2009.

Tags:
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. AZsundevil

    AZsundevil Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    57
    Likes Received:
    2
    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2012
    Gentlemen,

    I'm a college student planning on going into the teaching profession.

    As you can see I don't have very many posts on this forum. I'm still pretty new to dressing well.

    I'm looking to buy my first pair of "real" shoes and I'm drawn to AE because of their popularity, American origins, and reputation for quality. Also it doesn't hurt that I live 10 miles away from an AE factory store so I can go in and try them in person.

    Because I'm a college student and working minimal hours for minimal wages, I can only afford one pair of shoes. I suppose I could buy two pairs of cheaper shoes, but I subscribe to the "buy once cry once" mentality. So I need to pick out a single AE shoe that will be very versatile.

    I want a shoe that can be dressed down for a "smart casual" look when I go out with friends, but I also want a shoe that would be at home with a slightly more formal outfit while I am leading a classroom. I'm starting my in-classroom training next year and I want to make a great impression on the faculty.

    I've done my due diligence and looked at AE's lineup on their website. I quite like the price point of the Rapid City but I think it may be a little too plain and not quite sleek enough for me.
    [​IMG]


    The McAllister in Walnut looks nice, and it's on sale right now for $249, but I'm afraid it might be too far on the opposite end of the spectrum in that the brogueing is a little flashy.

    [​IMG]



    I'm also a fan of the Strandmok, which is the suede version of the Strand, but I'm afraid the suede renders the shoe too casual.

    Any thoughts or input? Thanks for your consideration!
     
    Last edited: Apr 23, 2013


  2. MarioImpemba

    MarioImpemba Distinguished Member

    Messages:
    1,096
    Likes Received:
    135
    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2012
    Location:
    PDX
    What's are the ones in the middle?! [​IMG] Looks like the 0-last, maybe? It's great, whatever it is.



    Thanks for posting a "real life" pic; I've been wating to see one. Those look great. Would love to see how they look under pants.
     
    Last edited: Apr 23, 2013


  3. GOP Shoe Guy

    GOP Shoe Guy Senior Member

    Messages:
    450
    Likes Received:
    149
    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2012
    They are sending me a sample of Walnut Cordovan and Cappuccino Cordovan.
     


  4. GOP Shoe Guy

    GOP Shoe Guy Senior Member

    Messages:
    450
    Likes Received:
    149
    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2012
    Thinking a longwing. Not sure yet which one. Macneil, Williams or Larchmont. Since they make the Macneil in cordovan already, I may pass on that, and try it in another style. I would really have a one of a kind if I went that way. Not sure yet though.
     


  5. m7ia

    m7ia Active Member

    Messages:
    42
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2009
    [​IMG]

    Can someone identify these longwings for me?
    Someone bought them for me from Nordstrom Rack. they came in an AE box but with no model name. They are tan suede and seem like remainders or seconds.

    Thanks!
     


  6. Cold Iron

    Cold Iron Distinguished Member

    Messages:
    1,341
    Likes Received:
    605
    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2011
    Location:
    Minnesota
    Good choice IMO. In this picture I posted yesterday:

    [​IMG]
    That is an Alden chukka in Ravello on the far right. With the Dundee in walnut next to it. In the closet side by side you can't really tell the difference between them except for the number of eyelets, the overall shape is very similar. On the Alden thread about a month ago someone posted a picture of his Alden Chukka's where he had a third set of eyelets added and several other people asked about it because they had heel lift with theirs also. The spacing on the Alden's is just a bit off to do the third set of eyelets IMO where the Dundee is perfect. I have the AE suede chukka Katmai with 3 sets of eyelets too and it locks down the heel also, just like a boot. Personal preference as I have a narrow heel and don't care for heel slip so prefer three or more eyelets. Although I have never been a fan of the whole desert boot thing with just 2 eyelets either. The Dundee is a great choice [​IMG]
     


  7. New Shoes1

    New Shoes1 Distinguished Member

    Messages:
    4,176
    Likes Received:
    2,697
    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2011
    Leather or rubber sole? The Players were dumped on the Rack last Fall and there have been a significant number of Big Sur's there recently in a few different make-ups, including one like you have pictured.
     


  8. m7ia

    m7ia Active Member

    Messages:
    42
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2009
    Leather soles. thanks, I'll try to compare to some photos.
     


  9. Cold Iron

    Cold Iron Distinguished Member

    Messages:
    1,341
    Likes Received:
    605
    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2011
    Location:
    Minnesota
    They both start out with shell from Horween that is #8, but use different finishing methods. A year or 2 ago AE changed the way they finish shell which now has more burgundy with black highlights to it. Until then it had a very strong brownish hue to it. The Alden finish is often referred to as eggplant which I think is accurate. I feel the new AE finish is very close to the old Black Cherry. I don't have a side by side comparison shot but should take one. Here is Alden #8:
    [​IMG]

    AE burgundy:
    [​IMG]
    I do the old school method when I do apply wax on the AE shell which is to use black polish alternating with Saphir cordovan cordovan polish and that helps add to the black cherry look. The Dundee's above are when new out of the box with most of the factory cream removed to let the black highlights show.
     


  10. tsekh

    tsekh Senior Member

    Messages:
    265
    Likes Received:
    18
    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2011
    I believe AE's burgundy color is closer to Horween's #8 color. Alden's darker color is probably due to the post-Horween finish they applied to the leather. From wallets to watch straps, I have never seen any #8/burgundy Horween shell leather goods that look as dark as Alden's. And you can easily find photos online of aged Aldens (with the Alden's finish wearing off overtime) that look closer to AE's burgundy color.
     


  11. patrick_b

    patrick_b Distinguished Member

    Messages:
    2,273
    Likes Received:
    1,028
    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2007
    Location:
    NBPT, MA
    
    Wow! That is a stunning image Roger. It elicits a TON of regret however, that I snoozed for a day too long on that great deal. I keep trying to find solace in the fact that I have 2 cap toe Alden boots so I really didn't need the townley. It isn't working.
     


  12. tampatravel

    tampatravel Senior Member

    Messages:
    900
    Likes Received:
    219
    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2013
    Location:
    Tampa Bay
    These webgems are pretty sick for a teacher shoe and you can wear them with jeans! $199 too.

    I really think if you play your cards right and watch the outlet sales you can get two pairs for sure.
    [​IMG]
     


  13. ajmanouk

    ajmanouk Senior Member

    Messages:
    401
    Likes Received:
    7
    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2010
    Not sure if I am a fan of the webgems..but of the original two I'd pick the rapid city without a doubt for your purposes.
     


  14. tampatravel

    tampatravel Senior Member

    Messages:
    900
    Likes Received:
    219
    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2013
    Location:
    Tampa Bay
    AZsundevil if you're close to a Factory Store. Go there, get chummy with the folks there and they'll let you know what/when sales are going on. I get that service and I'm 1400 miles from the Brookfield Shoe Bank. You'll have a cashe of AE shoes before you know it.
     


  15. alvin545

    alvin545 Member

    Messages:
    22
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2007
    

    What about something like the Leeds (top) or the Kenilworth (bottom)?
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    The Leeds only come in black, but the Kenilworth comes in a variety of colours. Maybe you can get lucky and find a factory 2nd.
     


Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by